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Mastercuts: Bar Social
     

Mastercuts: Bar Social

 
Though they've been the finest British reissue label of the last 15 years, Mastercuts has often suffered from a straight-laced, occasionally boring thematic vision. It only takes so many volumes in a series like Classic Jazz Funk (or Classic Salsoul, or Classic Rare Groove) before heads begin spinning. Bar Social, a two-disc (slightly mixed

Overview

Though they've been the finest British reissue label of the last 15 years, Mastercuts has often suffered from a straight-laced, occasionally boring thematic vision. It only takes so many volumes in a series like Classic Jazz Funk (or Classic Salsoul, or Classic Rare Groove) before heads begin spinning. Bar Social, a two-disc (slightly mixed) set, is one of the few non-stylistic Mastercuts releases, and easily the best. Bar Social deliberately mixes up radically different periods, though admittedly, the styles present all hew to post-soul dance (disco, hip-hop, house, rocksteady, and dub, downbeat). Listening to all 30 tracks, quite a few of the transitions make sense -- Nuyorican Soul into Roy Ayers, Roots Manuva into the Pharcyde, MJ Cole into St. Germain. Still, there are many more that shouldn't make sense, but do: Roots Manuva's ace hip-hop track "Witness (1 Hope)" barges right into the back of Yarborough & Peoples' "Don't Stop the Music"; rocksteady one-hit-wonders Althea and Donna give way to rap cartoonists Ugly Duckling; a great latter-day disco cut from Edwin Starr is followed by Leftfield's house classic "Release the Pressure." Bar Social isn't really mixed, it's just presented one track immediately after the other, in the best tradition of DJing in the pre-mixer days. Virtually every track rises to the level of a highlight, and the entire affair is most reminiscent of a classic disco-era venue like David Mancuso's Loft.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2002
Label:
Mastercuts Boxes
UPC:
0802085204621
catalogNumber:
46

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

DJ Cash Money   Track Performer
Grace Jones   Track Performer
Edwin Starr   Track Performer
Stone Roses   Track Performer
Colourbox   Track Performer
Frankie Knuckles   Track Performer
Yarbrough & Peoples   Track Performer
Pharcyde   Track Performer
Indeep   Track Performer
Tribe Called Quest   Track Performer
Chaka Khan   Track Performer
De La Soul   Track Performer
Lorita Grahame   Vocals
St. Germain   Track Performer
Grandmaster Flash   Track Performer
Nuyorican Soul   Track Performer
Kings of Tomorrow   Track Performer
Groove Armada   Track Performer
Roisin   Track Performer
Roots Manuva   Track Performer
Handsome Boy Modeling School   Track Performer
Althea & Donna   Track Performer
J-Live   Track Performer
Playgroup   Track Performer
Röyksopp   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Grace Jones   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Producer
Roy Ayers   Composer,Producer
Edwin Birdsong   Composer
Norma Jean Bell   Producer
Ronald Dunbar   Composer
Leftfield   Producer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad   Composer
Karl Pitterson   Producer
Alex Sadkin   Producer
Robbie Shakespeare   Composer
Lonnie Simmons   Producer
"Little" Louie Vega   Producer
Ian Brown   Composer
Jay Dee   Producer
John Squire   Composer
Jerobi White   Composer
Kenny Dope   Producer
Ludovic Navarre   Producer
Malik Taylor   Composer
Sandy Rivera   Producer
Horace Swaby   Composer
Torbjørn Brundtland   Producer
Michael Cleveland   Composer
MJ Cole   Producer
Ugly Duckling   Producer
Trevor Jackson   Producer
Jonah Ellis   Producer
Jon Cutler   Producer
Svein Berge   Producer
Gavin Reece   Illustrations
Dana Mano   Composer
Jonathan Davis   Composer
Dave Jolicouer   Composer
K. Fareed   Composer
Lenoir   Composer
Koo Koo Baya   Composer
Cleveland   Composer

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